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David Baranger


University of Pittsburgh

I’m investigating the effects of poverty and life stress on the development of reward circuitry. More broadly, I’m interested in how brain development is shaped by environmental and genetic factors, in particular with regard to mechanisms underlying risk for mood and substance use disorders.

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Don't worry, moderate drinking probably isn't shrinking your brain

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Both brain size and drinking habits are linked to genes, not directly to each other

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Fact check: Those red blobs aren’t oxytocin

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An amazing image has been making the rounds on social media, but the researcher who created it has set the record straight on what it shows

Your socially isolated brain craves interaction with other people just as much as it craves a meal when you are hungry

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New research highlights the neuroscience of why social distancing is so hard